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Ag program still growing at OCCHS

Ag program still growing at OCCHS
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
The agriculture program is still growing at Obion County Central High School.
The Obion County School Board will meet next week to discuss bids for the construction of an agriculture meeting room at OCCHS, part of the impressive new ag facility on the campus.
The school board was briefly updated on the project during its monthly meeting Monday night in the cafeteria at Lake Road Elementary School near Union City.
A federal USDA grant, a state Ag Enhancement Grant and generous community contributions have been utilized for the addition of OCCHS’ new greenhouse and an ag learning center.
Obion County Director of Schools David Huss told The Messenger the project will be a 30- by 60-foot building that will include a 30-by-30 learning center and about a 20-by-30 separation for a small kitchen and restrooms, with the last 10 feet to be a storage area for supplies for the greenhouse.
“It will be a community learning center, not just a classroom, for anyone in the community that is connected with flowers, greenhouses, etc., and they can meet there,” he said.
Huss said the board will need to meet in called session Oct. 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the board office to discuss bids for the construction project. Bids are being accepted through 2 p.m. Wednesday.
There is a May 31, 2012, deadline for completion of the project.
In other action during Monday night’s brief meeting, which was opened with prayer led by board member Diane Sanderson and was preceded by a new employee reception, the school board:
• Approved a consent agenda that included a monthly personnel report, financial reports and a list of technology equipment declared surplus for disposal.
The personnel report listed the hiring of Ridgemont Elementary custodian Andrew Cagle; and leaves of absence for Ridgemont assistant principal Joshua Nance, OCCHS custodian Anthony Farley and Hillcrest Elementary food service employee Linda Cranford.
• Approved on second and final reading an amendment to board policy regarding separation practices for non-certified employees.
• Received the individual school activity fund audit and individual school cafeteria agreed-upon procedures report from independent certified public accountant David Hart with Alexander, Thompson, Arnold’s Martin office.
For the 2010-11 fiscal year audit, several weaknesses were brought to attention by auditors and school officials have concurred with all of the auditors’ findings.
Hart said things are in good shape overall and he said any findings have been fixed. He said everyone in the Obion County School System does a good job and puts forth a lot of effort in complying with procedures, adding that they are making progress and trying to do even better every year.
• Approved the Report of Local Education Agency Compliance, formerly known as the Report of School System/School Compliance, which certifies compliance with Tennessee statutes.
• Approved the appointment of members to several textbook adoption committees for various grade levels and subjects.
• Declared four items of property as surplus and authorized its disposal by the most economical method. They included four buses from the Transportation Department, surplus cheerleading and basketball uniforms at Lake Road Elementary, several items of surplus property being stored at the old Career Technology Center in Union City and surplus cafeteria trays at Ridgemont Elementary.
• Approved a request from Hillcrest Elementary to attach cabinets in a preschool classroom.
• Declared a special education bus as surplus and authorized its sale to the highest bidder, including a recommendation that any bids under $15,000 be rejected. The Bradford Special School District has expressed an interest in purchasing a special education bus from the Obion County School System.
Proceeds from the bus sale will be designated for the purchase of a special education bus when the need arises.
• Approved on first reading amendments to board policies regarding class ranking and graduation activities. The action makes several clarifications.
• Approved overnight student trips for Obion County and South Fulton high schools’ FFA chapters, Ridgemont’s Beta Club and OCCHS’ band.
• Was reminded there is typically not a November school board meeting unless a need arises.
• Learned from Huss that Average Daily Membership enrollment is down slightly, about 2 percent, from the end of last year.
Published in The Messenger 10.4.11

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